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Fees & p2 --- reply
Dear Kathy and P2'ers:
The Department of Energy faced the same issue described in your note and in
January 1995 published a study that estimated all costs for waste disposal,
including labor, handling, packaging, transportation, etc. While the study
was developed for DOE operations, it does give an excellent overview of all
the costs associated with waste management. The study includes not only solid
and hazardous wastes, but also more "exotic" wastes (various radioactive,
mixed, etc) not found in typical commercial or industrial operations.
The study has been cleared for public release and is available from Chris
Ischay at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory. Call
Ask for: INEL-94/0205, "Avoidable Waste Management Costs," January 1995.
22 Executive Park Court
Germantown MD 20874
Subj: fees & p2
Date: 2/7/2000 8:52:38 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: KBarwick@dtsc.ca.gov (Kathy Barwick)
Reply-to: KBarwick@dtsc.ca.gov (Kathy Barwick)
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
I am currently working on an overview of financial and economic incentives
for pollution prevention. There's plenty of information in the archives and
the web (thanks everyone!) but I haven't found any info about the
relationship between hazardous waste disposal fees and waste generation.
Us p2 folks frequently cite "high disposal costs" (and other mgmt costs) as
one of the reasons why businesses should consider implementing more p2. Of
course, I realize that poor accounting practices would obscure this
information for facility managers, but even if they could accurately assess
these costs, would they provide sufficient incentives for reduction?
Does anyone know of studies that show a relationship between disposal fees
and the quantity of waste generated?
Similarly, does anyone know of a state (or other jurisdiction) that crafts
fees consciously as an incentive to reduce waste (as opposed to, for example,
crafting fees that will cover regulatory costs). In other words, using the
disposal fee as an incentive to reduce waste. . .
Thanks for any and all responses!